OUR MISSION:

Through voluntary action, the Gilmanton Land Trust seeks to:

• Help landowners protect farms, forests, unusual wildlife habitat, scenic and recreational lands;

• Support the town Conservation Commission in caring for town lands;

• Educate citizens and landowners about conservation options and benefits;

• Support sustainable jobs and enterprises which rely on our natural lands and scenic beauty; and

• Create recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.

 

WHY IT MATTERS:

The Gilmanton Land Trust originated from the desire of many town residents to maintain the rural character and quality of our town.  Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1997, the land trust has been at work educating landowners about land conservation options, assisting the Town of Gilmanton Conservation Commission, and holding public forums.

Gilmanton is blessed with wonderful scenery, wildlife habitat, recreational areas, pristine water bodies, productive farms, and working forests.  These assets help to define the rural character and quality of life that make Gilmanton a special place.  Fortunately, we still have an opportunity to save these important places and still accommodate residential and commercial growth in appropriate places.  But this opportunity will be lost forever if we do not act now.  Each year more new homes are built and more land is subdivided; over time this incremental growth will consume much of the land which makes Gilmanton a unique place to live, work, and recreate.

Conventional wisdom suggests that towns should encourage new development in order to lower taxes.  However, Cost of Community Services studies conducted in 13 New Hampshire towns between 1993 and 2004 demonstrated that, on average, for every tax dollar of income, residential development cost the towns $1.07 in community services, while land in open space cost the towns only $0.51 - less than half!   Conveyances of land or conservation easements bring possible tax benefits to the landowner and broader benefits to the community.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Join Us.  Members receive newsletters, invitations to special events, and conservation information.  CONTACT US for membership information.

Protect land: either your own, or help us reach others.

Volunteer your time and talent; let us know your interests and skills.

Educate yourself and others by participating in our forums and field trips.

Donate to “Gilmanton’s Greatest Views – For Everyone, Forever!”  Click on the link below.

 

 

Gilmanton Land Trust is recognized as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, and is registered with the State of New Hampshire Charitable Trusts Division. Accordingly, contributions to GLT are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.